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Cross and Crescent Flag

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This flag features a traditional Orthodox three-bar cross with a crescent moon and the letters IC XC NIKA, "Jesus Christ Conquers." This was a symbol of the Byzantine Empire, functionally similar to the double-headed eagle before the eagle came to prominence in the 10th-11th centuries. It came into widespread use in Russia and throughout the Orthodox world.

According to Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the crescent moon itself was an ancient symbol of the Roman and Byzantine Empire, having been depicted on ancient Roman coins even before Christ; it was a symbol of power. (It was not until the fall of Constantinople that the Ottomans appropriated the crescent moon symbol for themselves, seeing their empire as the continuation, in a sense, of the Byzantine state.) The crescent moon is found on ancient Orthodox icons, vestments, and manuscripts. The cross and the crescent moon together create a shape reminiscent of an anchor, a symbol of salvation and of the Church as a ship.

This Legacy Icons exclusive flag features a double hemmed fly and a very sturdy reinforced hoist with heavy duty plastic clips. 

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    Posted by Nikolai on Jul 6th 2021

    I got the smallest size for indoor decoration. Fabric is almost a semi-transparent mesh. Has standard flag grommets. Print quality is fine. The colors are also fine although the red is not a rich as pictured, likely due to the odd fabric choice although I'm not sure. Over all a fine flag if you're okay with the odd fabric choice and more dull red color than is pictured.

    Legacy Icons response: The material is typical of car flags, which are designed for outdoor display in the wind, and are much more robust and long-lasting than thin polyester.


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